It was that cold my MP3 player stopped working!

It’s not actually that cold, but it is true that my MP3 player stops working when the temperature is below zero. It took me a while to work it out as I thought the battery was on the blink and the unit was no longer holding a charge, but then after several experiments it appeared that I could get my player to work if I held it in my gloved hand. Strange but true! I’m glad I solved the problem before the Archers omnibus on Sunday.

But that’s not the reason for this post, in fact there is no reason for this post; it’s just a bit of a ramble.

Gosia seems to be doing well in Holland and the work isn’t too hard (maybe it is, I’m making this up), if anything I think she would like to find another job to help make the days pass quicker; I have of course reminded her that I’m still waiting for her to make my crocheted underwear in the hope that would distract her for a while and keep the hooks in motion, but it seems she can’t find a coarse enough yarn for the purpose! Although I understand that as the cold weather hits Holland she has being busy crocheting hats.

To her delight she has discovered that the largest covered market in Europe is on her doorstep and the Turkish market in particular is full of wonderful foods and spices at a remarkably low price, so fresh fruit and veg is the diet of choice; so much for my objections to globalisation! I pointed her in the direction of Food and Forage Hebrides for some great spicy recipe ideas.

I’m looking forward to visiting her as soon as the opportunity arises, I spend my days thinking of excuses so I’m sure I’ll come up with a plan soon:)

My earlier thought about knitted underwear reminded me of a great film that I watched recently ‘The Hairdressers Husband’ which then reminded me to tell you about Beetlypete again, who has started a fascinating series of posts on great films from around the world, which in turn has led me to try and discover some of the wonder he has found in the many titles he recommends. Well worth a look, even besides the film reviews.

As it is Friday today meat is off the menu, a tradition that is rooted in the dominant catholic religion of Poland, not that I mind this at all as I can quite happily survive on a vegetarian diet; only occasionally getting the urge to eat red meat! But I do get this urge and that is why we intend to keep animals for meat in the future, not so that we can gorge ourselves silly with fistfuls of blood dripping flesh, but so we can have a controlled and balanced diet; knowing where our food is from and knowing how it was treated before it reaches our plate is something we want to achieve. We experimented with lamb this year and even though the slaughtering was a little traumatic we needed to go through the process to make sure it would be a viable idea for the future. Gosias family is already converted to this strange meat so I can see a small flock developing this year.

Having conducted a bit of research yesterday following the ‘My Lidl Pony’ scandal I was shocked to find that many small farmers, crofters, smallholders and even some of the bigger players in the market have culled their herds of pigs this year as the cost of feeding is now greater that the price offered by the supermarkets. This article on the animal slaughter, brought to my attention by Stonehead provides more detail, but with an expected pork price rise of between 15 and 50% predicted for next year I’m hoping to buy some good breeding stock to help support my Polish family as pork is by far the most widely eaten meat in this part of Europe. Mind you hopefully one of the consequences of this drastic action will be that pork is produced and sold at a more realistic price in the future, at least it may give some of the smaller free range breeders a chance to sell and make a bit of money for a change.

Mind you these things are all a long way off and I need to get off my lazy backside and get on with the house before I have any time for all this animal husbandry, never mind all the other plans that seem to be floating around in my head. Unfortunately the ten day forecast and predicted low temperatures are still putting me on hold; along with my Walkman 🙂

 

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6 Comments

  1. Funny how the Archers can suck you in, even when in denial! Then again, I am an avid GQT fan. Middle aged? Middle class? Mmmm defo not Middle England, more like Mid-Atlantic.. 🙂 Hope the MP3 returns in time for the birth!

    • Your comments always raise a smile Tracey; thank you. GQT is good for a four mile walk, the Archers can keep me going for about six, as long as I wait for the omnibus edition; mind you it’s still good to know that Vicky has at last given birth; I was beginning to worry about Mike!

      • Hi Katy, thank you very much for thinking of me when you received your award, and in turn nominating me; it’s great to get the recognition and is also quite flattering.
        However I have made a conscious decision not to get involved in the awards system, please see my past post: http://winkos.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/be-aware-of-awards/
        Please don’t think that I don’t value your nomination, or let this article devalue your nomination as they are normally genuine tokens of appreciation and recognition; I just worry what happens down the line.
        Take care and thank you again; I look forward to your next post.
        Eddy

  2. The Archers Eddy? How old are you mate? Nothing like a nice bit of meat though. It is strange how our culture makes us sensitive to food animals. We will happily feast on a cute fluffy lamb, then fling up our arms in horror at the thought of eating a dog, or small pony. I would give almost anything a go (except insects), and confess to enjoying Foie Gras, Veal, and Calves’ Liver! Enjoy the snow tovarisch. Pete.

    • Don’t ask me, I’m just hooked; never watched any TV soap operas and ended up with the archers as I’d drive home from work.
      I’m equally happy eating all of the above; I only think dolphins got away with it because they are cute! (Denis Leary)
      Na razie

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